Allotment given new life, thanks to partnership project

A partnership project to bring an un-used allotment back to life, will help young people learn new skills.

Lingdale Allotment

3 Jan 2020

A day of action saw Thirteen, Beyond Housing, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Lingdale Lift Off group, local councillors and residents join forces to clear an overgrown allotment in Lingdale.

The allotment, which is a former Northumbria in Bloom winning site is used as a training centre for young people, to help them build confidence and learn new skills in horticulture growing food produce and basic woodwork such as making wild bird nest boxes, leading to recognised certification.

Thirteen’s environmental specialist John Woods said: “Sadly the allotment had become a little neglected, so the team got to work to remove old plants, weeds, clearing polytunnels and paths.

“It was great to see everyone getting stuck in with enthusiasm and laughter. There really is no better place to meet old and new friends, than an allotment out on a fresh winters day.

“Now the site has been prepared for spring planting, we hope that more students will be able to attend new courses next year.”

Mike Jefferson, from Lingdale Lift Off added: “I’d like to thank everyone involved for their fantastic work, it was overwhelming to see what can be achieved with us all working as a team.”

The team will be working in East Cleveland on a number of projects soon, where they’ll be planting trees in Skinningrove and Loftus.

If you’d like to be involved, please contact John.Woods@thirteengroup.co.uk